A PEEK BEHIND THE STUDY … WITH NEIL HERON

Gomes C, Jones N, Heron N. Sports-related concussion (SRC) in track cycling: SRC assessment protocol for elite track cycling. 

 

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Tell us more about yourself and the author team

The author team are all sport and exercise medicine consultants working in elite cycling.

 

What is the story behind your study?

This article attempts to start the conversation around how we assess for concussions in track cycling. There is currently less than one minute available to assess for concussion in track cycling. Thus this publication lays out a succinct policy to assess for a concussion at trackside and additionally calls for engagement from the cycling governing body, the UCI, regarding rule changes to further facilitate this concussion assessment.

 

In your own words, what did you find?

This article describes a proposed concussion assessment for use in track cycling.

 

What was the main challenge you faced in your study?

The time required for concussion assessment and the fast-paced nature of track cycling. This proposed policy will therefore require engagement from governing bodies, such as the UCI, to bring this policy into ‘real life’ practice.

 

If there is one take-home message from your study, what would that be?

If a track cyclist falls off, think, ‘could this be a concussion?’ and use the proposed policy within the publication to help identify and manage potential concussions within the sport of track cycling.

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